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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  89,581 ratings  ·  2,676 reviews
The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet," King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of th ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 459 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2002)
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Kevin Kuhn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a reread for me, I first read this collection sometime back in the mid-2000’s. I just read “Elevation” by SK, and it left me a little unsatisfied and wanting more of King’s magic. I wasn’t ready to take on a full novel, so I grabbed this thinking I would just read a short story or two. Well, the next thing you know, I’ve finished the whole thing. “Everything’s Eventual” is a collection of 14 stories, or as the title states, 14 dark tales that I believe King wrote mostly in the 1990’s. I ...more
Hannah Greendale
Everything’s Eventual offers a mixed bag of short stories, fourteen tales that range from the horrifying to the mundane, each of which includes commentary from the author.

“Autopsy Room Four” explores the frightful prospect of premature burial. Comedic and tense, this is arguably the best story in the entire collection.

In “The Man in the Black Suit,” an old man recalls a chance encounter from his childhood that’s haunted him all his life. King plays to his strengths in this one, dabbling in the
Johann (jobis89)
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I want to make you laugh or cry when you read a story... or do both at the same time. I want your heart, in other words. If you want to learn something, go to school."

14 dark tales from the Master of Horror. From a serious case of deja-vu 16,000 feet in the air to a moving picture that becomes deadly, King delivers stories brimming with imagination and terror.

Overall, this collection was a winner for me! However, it does not surpass Night Shift - that one is pretty hard to beat, in my opinion.
Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books, horror, 2017
The wife had me watch 1408 a while back. I remembered it was in this collection but the only stories I even vaguely remember are the titular one and Little Sisters of Eluria. I figured 2017 was as good a time as any for a reread.

Even though I've been a Constant Reader for twenty years now, I always forget just how good Stephen King is at what he does until I start reading. The man knows his way around a story, though he gets a little wordy at times.

Like all short story collections, the stories v
"Yet for me, there are few pleasures so excellent as sitting in my favorite chair on a cold night with a hot cup of tea, listening to the wind outside and reading a good story which I can complete in a single sitting."
Stephen King, from his introduction

I genuinely looked forward to reading one of these tales each day, and that's the highest praise I can give a collection of short stories.
Edward Lorn
As with all of Stephen King’s collections, I’m giving each story a one-sentence review. Before we begin, I would like to say a few things that have little to do with this book’s contents. If you do not care for personal stories in reviews, you should take this chance to move along, or you may scroll past the next few paragraphs. But I hope you’ll join me. Maybe my story will help someone who doesn’t know they need help.

While listening to this one (I chose the audiobook for this reread), I tried
The title of this story collection is deceiving, Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales. Except I don't think all 14 tales were dark, in fact I think this collection had more "happy" endings then most Stephen King stories. As with all story collections there are winners and not winners with one loser(I'm looking at you The Little Sisters Of Eluria).

My favorites: 1)1408- is my undisputed favorite story in this collection. It lives up to all the hype its received.
2) The Autopsy Room- explores one
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always amazed at how varied his subjects can be. He is certainly not "just" a horror writer.


Introduction 5 stars. I love King and when he is brutally honest (when is he not?) I love him all the more.

Autopsy Room 4 4 stars I've actually seen the AHP episode that inspired this and Cotton was amazing. I love that only King could mention Michael Bolton and then bring up the fact that Percy is probably rolling in his grave at Bolton's rendition of "When a Man Loves a Woman". This story is
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is this collection scares, nostalgia, and downright straight-up story telling underappreciated among King’s other works? Lesser known maybe? Well, I’m here to give this one a big, sloppy ghost hug of appreciation (technically, I don’t think that’s even possible, but I’m going with it).

This would be my second read through of Everything’s Eventual - sort of. I used to hunt and peck through Stephen King short story collections. Read some of the stories. Skip some. No real rhyme or reason to it, unl
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story 3.5 stars**
Audio 4 stars**
Narrator Justin Long

Rating for everything’s Eventual
I liked this story even if I felt a bit confused cuz the ending was abrupt but, I think this is just kinda of like a prologue. I definitely want to continue with this story. I was surprised to realize Justin was narrating this story I know him as an actor it was a good surprise though. He did a good job, it suited the personality of the MC of this story.
Nandakishore Varma
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... and I'll say it again. Steve King is a fantastic storyteller, and very few of his stories have actually bored me. It is the same with this collection.

That said, very few of the stories here are actually frightening. Some give a mild sense of unease, that's all. However, almost all of them are readable and most are highly enjoyable.

My personal favourites were That Feeling, The One You Can Only Say What it is in French, In the Deathroom and Ri
Christian Guzman
There’s no doubt that Stephen King is great at writing short stories. Not all of the ones that were in this book were appealing to me, but several were. A couple of them were creepy in my opinion, so it may not be a wise idea to read them at night. My favorite ones were: Autopsy Room Four, The Man in the Black Suit, Everything’s Eventual, L.T’s Theory of Pets, and The Road Virus Heads North. I only disliked a few, but not because they were bad, they just did not catch my attention. One of the th ...more
Daniel Clausen
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me be clear, Mr. King. You earned this one fair and square. You had to win a skeptic over and you did.

I've always thought of you as the Nicholas Cage of writing. Try enough random stuff regularly without hesitation and at least some of your stuff will be pretty good. But try enough random stuff and you're sure to come up with some very bad writing as well.

There is also another dark secret -- some of this variability occurs in the same book. They might start off well enough, get really good
Nov 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with open minds who love horror and loudness.
Recommended to Walt by: Brian Osborne
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jonathan Janz
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*This review was originally published on my blog ( and focuses on the story "The Road Virus Heads North" (though I've read the whole collection and certainly believe it's worthy of five stars). Here's the link:

Stephen King's Everything's Eventual is loaded with great stories. In addition to the one I'm about to discuss, the collection contains "1408," "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," and a cool entry into the Dark Tower canon called "
Wayne Barrett
"Any fool who can pucker is apt to whistle past the graveyard."

There were times when this book felt more like a trip through the Twilight Zone with Rod Sterling than the usual horror I expect from King (although there was still plenty of that as well).
Stephen has really showed his mastery of the short story in this collection. They say fiction is stranger than truth and there are times when King (and I see the little smirk on his face) seems to imply that what he is giving us is just a make bel
A bit random. My first King. I'll still read more though. Review to follow. ...more
Dave Moore
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept picking this up & reading a tale or two at a time. Each time I did this, I was struck by the way in which King brings a certain quality to his writing that just plain makes him better than most. He brings a certain assumption of the intelligence of his readers and gives us credit for being able to pick up the dark humor, the allusions, and the ironies he weaves. He has a unique ability to construct setting and characters so quickly and seamlessly that we have an instant picture in our mi ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong collections of stories. I liked it better than both Bazaar and Sunset. King has such a firm grasp on the Voice and Tone of his characters. My favorites were those stories told in the first person: "The Man in the Black Suit", "Everything's Eventual", "Lunch at the Gotham Café", and "Riding the Bullet". I was surprised by "The Little Sisters of Eluria" which has a sort of sword and sorcery feel to it that I really liked. ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Averaging the individual stories, 3.75 stars for the collection as a whole.

This wasn't my favourite short story collection by King. I recently read The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which I felt had a certain cohesiveness as a group of stories that Everything's Eventual, while still good, lacked.

That said, there were some great stories in this. I read this with a group, and interestingly, the stories that appealed to me the most - The Death of Jack Hamilton, Everything's Eventual, and Riding the Bullet
Yet another example of why I love Stephen King. Every story in this book was great. King's ability to write like he's speaking only to YOU is one of my favorite things about him. You get the feeling that he's telling you a secret, letting you in on some amazing observation of life, without him needing to spell every D-E-T-A-I-L out in big bold block letters. But that's not to say that this isn't detailed - his work always is. It's just not condescendingly detailed. You may think that he is verbo ...more
3 stars
I think short stories just aren’t my thing. You don’t get a chance to get fully invested in the characters and/or the story. Also some of them didn’t have that eerie feeling or horror note that I expect from SK.

Autopsy Room Four ****
Similar to my fear of being buried alive, (view spoiler) Probably going to have nightmares tonight!

The Man in the Black Suit ***
Of course (view spoiler)
There are no bad stories in this collection. Love it.

“Autopsy Room Four” – Super creepy and I love the ending. Four stars.

“The Man in the Black Suit” – Somewhat less definitive than I would have liked, but the descriptions are amazing. Three stars.

“All That You Love Will Be Carried Away” - The lady or the tiger? Four stars.

“The Death of Jack Hamilton” – This was so sad, and also disgusting. King can definitely make you feel all the feels, even in only one short story. Four stars.

“In The Deathroo
Some good, some mediocre. This isn't my favourite collection of short stories from Stephen King (I've enjoyed Bazaar of Bad Dreams the most so far, which probably doesn't make me in the majority).

What I disliked about the some of these stories is that King uses the word "short" almost as a joke in this collection. Some of these are 40 or 50 pages, and are pretty well novellas. Even King says short stories are meant to be read in one sitting, but some of them took two or three for me - probably
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I loved all of the stories in this collection. I thought my favourite was going to be 1408, but it wasn't, it was The Road Virus Heads North. 1408 is nothing like the movie, which I am super grateful for as the movie would then be boring. ...more
L.S. Popovich
Once a year or so I will listen to an audiobook of one of Stephen King's novels or collections, usually without much enthusiasm. Occasionally I'll skip ahead or abandon one of them in the middle. For this collection, I experienced more mixed feelings. The title story and a few of the others were great. Genuinely well-written, riveting and so forth, but I was not much interested in the majority of them, which ranged from passable to unacceptable in my opinion. I could write a huge list of literar ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, the author does not need much of an introduction. He has a gift for generating a sense of deep unease, and for awakening in the reader's mind some hidden, almost ancestral fears deeply embedded into his/her consciousness. His exploration of the darker side of human nature, and his atmospheric tales that well transcend the limitations of the "horror" genre, are reminiscent of the work of one of my favourite authors, Edgar Allan Poe.
This is a collection of short stories, some of them (such a
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read much King, this is actually only the second book I've read by him (the first being Gunslinger). I've always wanted to get into him though, and I think this was the perfect book to start with. Fourteen short stories, a King smorgasbord, so to speak. Some I loved, some I just liked, some just weren't my thing - but overall it was a great collection. Every one was well written, and even if a story wasn't my favorite, I still found myself enjoying it. Highly recommended, and I'll defi ...more
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I listened to a few of these stories in audio format.

The first story “The Man In The Black Suit” tells a dark edged tale laced with grief that centers around a young boy and his fear of losing his Mom. Out fishing one day the boy has a run-in with the devil who attempts to take advantage of his fear. It manages to be creepy, funny and heartbreaking and the characters come to vivid life. This is a story I’ll be rereading before passing along.

Next up is "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away" abo
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always difficult to review a collection of short stories and this one is no exception. For the most part I thought it was a great collection of work but I did struggle a little to see a thread through these stories - was I looking for something not there or miss it completely?

For Dark Tower fans and for those other kinds of people, those that haven't read The Dark Tower yet, The Little Sisters of Eluria is a treat. The titular Everything's Eventual is great creepy fun and L.T.'s Theory of P
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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